In healthcare, the staff is the real backbone of the organization. They drive everything from quality care to patient satisfaction. Hiring for your organization is more than just filling a position – it’s finding the right employee to bolster your team for the long term.

In healthcare, the staff is the real backbone of the organization. They drive everything from quality care to patient satisfaction. Hiring for your organization is more than just filling a position – it’s finding the right employee to bolster your team for the long term.

Healthcare is now the largest employer in the United States. There are currently more open positions than people looking for work in the healthcare industry and that trend appears to be rising. For hiring managers, this creates a unique problem. With more open jobs than applicants, employees tend to be more mobile. They have more options in employment, so they are more apt to continue to search for a new position if they’re not completely satisfied in their current organization.

 

Cultivating a culture that encourages staff satisfaction and growth is one key to keeping employees for the long run. While there are a number of different benefits and morale efforts the organization should put forth for current employees, the process really starts with choosing the right hires.

 

Make a Realistic Exchange of Information Your Top Priority

Let’s face it – hiring is a difficult process. You put the best picture of the organization forward to applicants. Applicants, of course, highlight all of their strengths and minimize any perceived weakness. This is a natural reaction to the process. No one wants to be rejected.

 

The truth is that the best possible scenario for your organization is in finding the right employee – not just the best looking applicant on paper. Your organization has a set way to do things. There are people working on your staff who make up the culture of the environment on a day to day. Every person who is technically qualified will not necessarily fit that culture.

 

For you, the hiring process needs to be about dropping that first date persona and showcasing your organization and the position as it is in reality. The difficulties of the job should not be overlooked and the culture your organization has built should be front and center in the hiring process. Because that new hire will contribute to the environment, and you want that contribution to be a positive addition.

 

Tips to Find the Right Employees to Grow with Your Organization

Approaching the hiring process in the most honest and open way sounds fantastic, but it’s easier said than done. Here are some great tips to help you really narrow down the right employees for your unique organization.

 

  1. Be as Detailed About the Position as Possible. A job summary isn’t enough, though it is a good start. Include company culture in the description and make sure that the applicant can get a feel for the company and the people who work there. You spend more of your life with your work colleagues that your family or friends. Making sure that the hire is a good personal fit is important. More employees leave their current position because they’re unhappy with supervisors and other employees than because they’re unhappy in the position.
  2. Promote from Within Whenever Possible. It’s not always possible to find someone on your staff to fill a new or vacated position. But promoting from within your current structure does give your staff the clear message that they have room to grow and succeed in your organization.
  3. Get Referrals from Current Staff Members. Staff members likely have a wide network of other health professionals who they’ve worked with in the past. If you get referrals from current staff members, it means that they already like the applicant personally. This can be an excellent way to find staff members who fit the culture.
  4. Work With a Professional Employment Placement Agency that Specializes in Healthcare. Working with an employment placement agency can save time and resources because the applicants are already vetted before you meet them. Here at Acclivity, we have highly trained healthcare recruiting consultants who know the industry, and will provide you with the best candidates.

There are different software applications and services which can also be helpful in determining whether and applicant is a fit for the position. Whatever tool you use to read through resumes and conduct interviews, it’s important to maintain as high of a level of transparency in the process as possible. You don’t just want the applicant to think highly of your organization. You want to find an employee who will bring new contributions to the position in a positive way.